Colts: Andrew Luck Out 2 to 6 Weeks With Lacerated Kidney


The Colts have confirmed that Andrew Luck has a lacerated kidney and a torn abdominal and will be out for 2-6 weeks.

The Colts quarterback has taken too many hits already this season. Against Denver, the blows came harder and faster and more than a few were cringe-worthy. I know I am not the only one who has seen him get hit and wonder if this is the time he doesn’t get up.

I saw the hit Andrew Luck took in the fourth quarter. The Initial hit was a hard but textbook hit from linebacker Danny Trevathan, but it drove Luck backward into a diving Vance Walker that folded the Colts quarterback. This essentially caused the same effect as a high-low tackle.

At first glance, my concern was for a concussion, but it seems that Luck did not escape as scot-free as we might have believed watching him finish the game. If you’re not familiar with the referenced play here is a clip below:

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano held a press conference today to discuss Luck’s injuries. “The injuries happened at the end of an early fourth quarter scramble when Andrew was doing everything he could to get us the win,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said, via the team. “Andrew was sore after the game and was feeling a little worse Monday afternoon so we sent him to get tests.”

So, what does this mean for the Colts? Luckily, we are at the bye week which provides Luck additional time to heal. It’s frustrating to see for all fans considering just how good the Colts looked under the play calling of newly installed OC Rob Chudzinski.

Most fans were looking forward to seeing how the Colts handled the road trip to Atlanta whether the second half of the season could make us forget the first 8 weeks. The good news is that Matt Hasselbeck is healthy and more than capable of running the huddle on November 22nd.

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Hasselbeck has already earned his pay by heroically leading the Colts to back-to-back win within five days. Oh wait, that’s right, he led the Colts to victory while suffering from food poisoning and taking IVs at halftime.

Now, Hasselbeck has more time to prepare than he did previously. We can expect that he and Chud will be able to come up with a solid gameplan ahead of the week 11 game in Atlanta. One must wonder just how much impact the injury has on the Colts  morale.

Chud injected some swagger into the offense, but now he will have to inject some fortitude into the offensive line to protect the 40-year-old backup and make sure he calls plays that get the ball out quickly.

You can expect heavy doses of Frank Gore and Ahmad Bradshaw in the coming weeks to help Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck is very agile as a quarterback especially at his age, but no one wants to see him scrambling for first downs when under duress. Expect a similar game plan that was installed against the Jaguars and Texans in Weeks three and four.

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